RAINE & HORNE TOORMINA / SAWTELL MAIDEN HANDICAP Tips (Race 1)
Coffs Harbour Best Bet - Race 1 No. 3 Parksville
Local trainer Brett Dodson prepares this speedy son of Vancouver who following a slick trial win on December 3, was sent to an Eagle Farm city assignment and although safely held into third on that occasion, should only improve with the race day experience.
The time of that Brisbane Maiden stacked up very well for the class and was completed in around three and a half lengths faster than the Class 3 that followed it, which was taken out by a genuine city class galloper and at 33.48, they also recorded a quicker last 600m.
Like many young gallopers, a trip away early in their careers can bring them on further and although Parksville is drawn out for this 810m scamper, a wide gate over such a short journey is less relevant, especially given he has that tactical speed to take up a position.
COUNTRY TO COAST PEST CONTROL MAIDEN PLATE Tips (Race 5)
Coffs Harbour Value Bet - Race 5 No. 6 Sea Of Qi
Admittedly a speculative selection given the beaten margin via his second start at Taree, but there were excuses on that occasion where he got his tongue over the bit during the run which forced him to pull early and the tongue tie has now been applied.
Sea Of Qi was a big drifter prior to that on debut ($19-$41) but it was a strong performance when getting home for fourth following a missed start and after being on for that outing along with the two lead-in trials, jockey Matthew McGuren takes back the reins on Wednesday.
This field has a decent tail to it outside the first few market elects (who have queries) and off the back of two forgivable performances, this four-year-old could be a big improver at start three and is a long each-way price for the risk.
SAWTELL HOTEL CLASS 1 HANDICAP Tips (Race 6)
Coffs Harbour Next Best Bet - Race 6 No. 2 Fantini
Set to resume in her third racing preparation is this lightly raced mare who has shown potential over her short journey to date and she worked well in a December 19 trial when holding off a handy country sprinter in All Stand (94-rater/won 10 races overall).
After a somewhat unlucky second-placed finish on debut, Fantini opened her account with an eye-catching Maiden win at Moruya back in February on a Soft 7 surface and comfortably bettered the overall times of the other Maiden along with the Class 2 later in that program.
Five furlongs is as short as this five-year-old wants it but off what looks a good speed up front and with a cutaway in the straight, she can camp just off them under the experienced Andrew Gibbons and if within striking distance, has the best turn-of-foot in this line-up at her best.